Tuesday, June 6

The south and southeast of the US, on maximum alert for strong storms and tornadoes


Some 30 million people live in the affected area and will be exposed to these phenomena that will happen at night, something that makes them more dangerous.

A house damaged during the weekend tornadoes.SCOTT OLSONGetty Images via AFP
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Several states in the southeast and south of the United States remain on high alert for torrential storms and tornadoes that could also affect Mississippi, which is trying to recover from the events that occurred on Friday, which have caused at least 25 dead.

The National Meteorological Service reported this Sunday that it has issued a tornado alert for southern and central Alabama, where one person was killed by another tornado on Friday.

Severe tornadoes, heavy hail, and scattered damaging wind gusts could occur in the area.

A tornado watch has also been issued for eastern Louisiana and south-central Mississippi, where there could be multiple tornadoes and hail and wind.

Some 30 million people They live in the affected area and will be exposed to these phenomena that will happen at night, something that makes them more dangerous, specified the Meteorological Service.

“Night tornadoes are dangerous as they are difficult to detect in the dark and many people are asleep or unaware of the weather at night,” he said in a message on social media.

The Mississippi Weather Service also warned that new tornadoes could occur in the next few hours, although in the southern part of the state, not in the counties most affected by the events that occurred Friday night, Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe, and Sharkey.

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This morning another “large and extremely dangerous” tornado struck south of LaGrange, Georgia, the Atlanta weather service said, an event for which no deaths have been reported so far.

These alerts come two days after a series of tornadoes – about ten, the meteorological services estimate – hit the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee on Friday night, causing 26 deaths (25 in Mississippi and 1 in Alabama) and dozens of wounded.

This Sunday a press conference took place in the municipality of Rolling Fork, which has been completely destroyed, according to the images published by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MSEMA), in which rubble from houses (many of it wooden), crushed vehicles and uprooted trees appear.

The Governor of Mississippi, the Republican Tate Reeves, reported that they are carrying out search tasks for various missing persons, that they are “very closely monitoring” the possible meteorological phenomena that may be in the state today and that there are emergency personnel prepared to act if necessary.

“People should listen to their local officials and heed their warnings and follow their instructions regarding what to do if a severe weather event is imminent,” he said.

Reeves stated that there is “some chance that the death toll may rise” but that they could also go down since there are suspicions that some of the deaths did not occur “due to the storm.”

The governor was accompanied at the press conference by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, who reiterated state support for the recovery of the area, a few hours after Joe Biden have declared this Sunday as “big disaster” zone affected counties.

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Biden thus made federal funds available to affected people in Carroll, Humphreys, Monroe and Sharkey counties, and announced that the aid could be expanded to other areas if necessary.

“We walked through the streets of this town seeing devastation on both sides of the road,” Mayorkas said. “It’s heartbreaking to hear about the loss of life and see the devastation firsthand, but it’s inspiring to see the people of Mississippi come together to help,” he added.

With his statement, Biden ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts, with assistance that may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of disaster.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is the designated agency to coordinate federal recovery operations in affected areas, while damage assessment efforts continue in other areas and more counties could be designated as recipients. for help when they are complete.

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